ricky

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  • ricky replied to the topic Swollen Neck! in the forum Health 1 day, 20 hours ago

    Doc reckons it’s a stone in my saliva gland… I’ve been referred for tests and told to eat boring food.

  • ricky replied to the topic Swollen Neck! in the forum Health 1 day, 20 hours ago

    It’s gone back down again, and after speaking to the doctor husband of a friend I’m staying put until morning.

    Gland now just feels like it would if you had a minor sore throat.

  • ricky replied to the topic Swollen Neck! in the forum Health 1 day, 20 hours ago

    Agreed. it’s just got worse after eating again (no seafood this time)…. will give 111 a call

  • ricky started the topic Swollen Neck! in the forum Health 1 day, 20 hours ago

    Ok, I know this isn’t the place for medical advise and I have a GP appointment tomorrow, but I’m interested to see if anyone else has experienced similar to me…

    I don’t have any known food allergies, and regularly eat shellfish (normally clams, prawns, mussels etc).

    Today at the age of 39 I went and bought a crayfish and avocado salad.

    After…[Read more]

  • ricky posted a new activity comment 1 week, 1 day ago

    Intriguingly NYT has just published an article – Trump Tries to Destroy the West By DAVID LEONHARDT

    “There’s only one explanation that fits his behavior: He wants to break up the alliance that has dominated the past century.”

    ..and that’s all I can read as I’ve now used u…[Read more]

  • ricky posted a new activity comment 1 week, 1 day ago

    The latest bad news of course are the imminent trade wars, initiated (or so it seems on the surface) by one D. Trump.

    It’s wrong to speculate but as you get jaded by each new revelation you do begin to wonder if it’s Moscow that is pulling the strings.

  • ricky posted an update 1 week, 1 day ago

    Was this this Putin’s long game, putting an unstable president into power and destabilizing Europe through Brexit and the displacement of peoples through wars in the Middle East. Was he a malign genius, actively shafting the West, or a convenient scapegoat for our failings? Or both?

    • “actively shafting the West”

      Mostly this.

    • I’ve read that he doesn’t see western stability and unity being in Russia’s interests.

      • The latest bad news of course are the imminent trade wars, initiated (or so it seems on the surface) by one D. Trump.

        It’s wrong to speculate but as you get jaded by each new revelation you do begin to wonder if it’s Moscow that is pulling the strings.

    • I’d agree with the malign part but I don’t think it requires genius to spot obvious existing problems and disagreements in our politics and poke at them.

      Also, the evidence that he was interfering seems pretty clear to me but the extent of his success is much harder to judge and I doubt that anybody will ever know whether things would have gone…[Read more]

      • Intriguingly NYT has just published an article – Trump Tries to Destroy the West By DAVID LEONHARDT

        “There’s only one explanation that fits his behavior: He wants to break up the alliance that has dominated the past century.”

        ..and that’s all I can read as I’ve now used u…[Read more]

    • I don’t think the idea of Putin the malign puppeteer working step by step through a detailed master plan in pursuit of a clear and detailed goals makes much sense. I suspect the reality is it’s lots and lots of little bits of opportunistic intervention working broadly toward a goal of a relatively stronger Russia and a relatively stronger Putin.…[Read more]

  • That’s another reason for me to never take such an offer.

    Cheers everybody

  • My mate has a car brand new on one of those lease thing deals. He mentioned to me that he had to go to the main dealer every time for the service to keep the warranty and if/when he gives the car back.

    I thought that you could take a car to any reputable garage to have the service and as long as the paperwork is officially stamped, then all is…[Read more]

  • The advanced democracy that brought the world Donald Trump and all he stands for, for instance ?

  • Every year I ger round to thinking about upgrading the boiler. We have a standard hot water tank in the airing cupboard/ cold water tank in the attic/ radiator system fired by a 20 year old (plus) gas boiler.

    Obviously a sexy new condensing boiler would use less gas which is a given.

    However our old boiler chugs on and on and on without needing…[Read more]

  • This youtuber has conclusive proof the world is flat.

    The link is NOT work safe because the commentator uses passionate language that may offend, to prove his superior argument.

    Peace

  • ricky replied to the topic Ethical banking in the forum General Chat 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Funnily enough we were discussing this firm as I drove her back to college for the start of term (Oh the fun we have together ;-)).

    Bemusement basically that a business apparently bent on turning the population away from healthy eating should be so far ahead on certain ethical fronts.

    For her Iceland encapsulates a real dilemma. Does she achieve…[Read more]

  • ricky replied to the topic Ethical banking in the forum General Chat 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    My daughter is heavily into environmental campaigning (for now), and she’s doing her best to make her old dad invest for the common good and not just his pension. He’s very happy to do so but it’s bloody hard to find investments that satisfy all the criteria and make an acceptable return. Alternative energy is a structural shift in the global…[Read more]

  • ricky replied to the topic Ethical banking in the forum General Chat 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    The Ethical Pension Fund offered by NEST for their Workplace Pension includes Nestle. Nestle aren’t high on my list of ethical companies!

    A portfolio of “green” stocks will often contain several oil companies on grounds that they are doing more than rivals to constrain their impact, even if coming from an environmentally disastrous starting…[Read more]

  • ricky replied to the topic Ethical banking in the forum General Chat 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    I’ve been looking very hard at investing for social impact lately and the Triodos model is quite interesting. I don’t however think any comparison is valid without considering alternative factors such as the security of your deposits and the prevailing rates of interest. It’s not very comforting to me to know that my money isn’t protected by UK…[Read more]

  • I believe for a small fee the MIB (Motor Insurance Bureau) will give you the insurance details if the car is insured (as you mentioned road legal) You can then contact his insurer and tell them the vehicle is abandoned. They will contact their policy holder as it would be a violation of most policy terms. Apart from anything else they are probably…[Read more]

  • ricky posted a new activity comment 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Smith should have been remembered as a really good batter but now he will be remembered not only as a cheat but a bully who got a young inexperienced player to do the dirty work.

  • ricky posted a new activity comment 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Well Smith and Warner have been stood down from their captain/VC roles a few hours ago, so that’s a start. I don’t think pulling them out of the current game, with two days play remaining, is realistic.

    Going by the media and public comments on articles here right now (Sunday evening AEST) there is pretty much no sympathy for them at all – it’s…[Read more]

  • ricky replied to the topic Changing broadband provider in the forum General Chat 4 months ago

    Vodafone claim to user the same cable infrastructure as virgin, cheaper too.

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